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Tuesday September 19, 2000 / Shahrivar 29, 1379, No. 1067

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Okay, I'm a racist
I must shamefully admit that I don't like Arabs

By dAyi Hamid
Sepetmber 19, 2000
The Iranian

Are we better human beings because we are Iranians? Then why do we treat foreigners like Swedes treat non-Europeans? If we are superior to other races, why do we make the same mistakes? Why do we look down at Pakistanis? Why do we belittle Arabs? Are these the symptoms of having pure Aryan blood? If our race makes us better human beings, then we have to prove it by treating foreigners better than other nations do.

Having said all that I must shamefully admit that I don't like Arabs. yeki biAd bezaneh tu sar-e man >>> GO TO FEATURE

Los Angeles

Doctor... Doctor...
Dude! Eeverybody is a doctor here

By Siamack Baniameri
September 19, 2000
The Iranian

I was in Los Angles attending a seminar. It was a week-long event which ended at in the early afternoon on a Friday. Maziyar, my old high school buddy lives in Los Angles. I always get in touch with him when I'm in the neighborhood. I called his cellphone from my hotel room. I told him I was in town and leaving for the airport in couple of hours. I asked him if he could meet me for a cup of coffee and some gossiping. He tells me that he is working late but he insists I stay an extra day. He was having a pool party on Saturday and had invited friends over at his house. I kept telling him that I was leaving in two hours. But he insisted and insisted till I gave up. What the hell. I can handle another sunny, beautiful day in L.A. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Defence lawyers under pressure to admit Jews are spies?

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Days before universities start, several student movements are giving confusing signals, some inviting them to remain peaceful, and some are encouraging them to actively protest. Meanwhile, the Chief of Revolutionary Guards says his forces are prepared to confront any unrest if necessary. Saeed Yekta talks to Ahmad Salamatian, political analyst in Paris >> >LISTEN HERE

Also: Court spokesman denies lawyers have been under pressure

Tackling Iran's ethnic divide

By Guy Dinmore in Urumiyeh
The Financial Times
September 18 2000

Leaving a political crisis brewing in Tehran, President Mohammad Khatami is in the border province of West Azerbaijan this week, where ethnic tensions and economic deprivation are adding to the strains on Iran's faction-ridden central government.

Mr Khatami carried the same message of the "Dialogue of Civilisations" that he took to the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York this month but this time addressing it to the Turkish-speaking Muslims of northern Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Afghan refugees leave Iran for home with sadness, resignation

DOGHARUN, Iran, Sept 19 (AFP) - Faces lined with fatigue, hardly a smile among them, carrying small bundles of clothing, some 2,000 people assembled at this border crossing into their native Afghanistan, waiting to go home after years in exile.

They had volunteered to take advantage of a United Nations project aimed at returning them to their homeland, to an unknown future. There was little sign of enthusiasm, instead mostly resignation and sadness at leaving behind the relative tranquility and economic security they had enjoyed in Iran. >>> FULL TEXT

Tazieh, an Islamic tragedy

PARIS, Sept 19 (AFP) - Tazieh, Iran's distinctive form of religious drama to be showcased at the Paris Autumn Festival later this week, has never before been performed outside the Islamic world.

Though its blend of opera, theatre and ritual predates the Islamic era, Tazieh is now almost entirely concerned with the martyrdom of the imam Hossein, grandson of the prophet Mohammed, killed in October 680 (common era) with his family and 72 followers by calif Yazid of Damascus. >>> FULL TEXT

Dear Sir or Madam, I think the flag of Iran should be bellow. Thanks >>> SEE HERE

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* Victims of "artistic expression"

Hagdash writes: I am not exactly sure what is happening as far as the photos of Googoosh's concert are concerned ["Googoosh live!"]; either my computer is having problems displaying anything useful or we are victims of "artistic expression".

Although I found the idea of the garish photos to be interesting, I for one would have appreciated at least a couple of viewable photos. Thank you for the effort.

* Don't leave day job

Mohsen Asadi writes: These pictures are terrible ["Googoosh live!"]. They are neither artistic nor real. There are bound to be better pictures than these somewhere on the Web. Please tell the photographer not to leave his day job.

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* Innovative

Hamid Nazari writes: The photos you took of Googoosh and then transformed ["Googoosh live!"], were very innovative and eye-catching. Impressive.

* Happy memories

Margaret writes: I have found your articles in The Iranian so very interesting ["Requiem in Cairo"]. I was married to an Iranian, and have many happy memories of my life in Iran during the reign of the late Shah. I was particularly interested in your story of Tea with with the Former British Ambassador, Sir Denis Wright,whom I had met during my many years in Iran.

I was deeply moved by your article "By the Pale Green Stone", and the more recent "Requiem in Cairo". I, too, was anxious to know what had happened to the Shah and his family after the Revolution, and found answers in "The Shah's Last Ride", by William Shawcross >>> FULL TEXT

* Long for home

Mehrdad writes: I have been reading your pieces [Sadaf Kiani Abbassian's features] and always enjoy them immensely. They always make me long for the home, the sounds and scents that you so much bring to life in your writings.

Aid: Drought charity benefit, Phildelphia

In honor of our first anniversary, the Philadelphia Persian Society cordially invites you to our Masquerade for Charity. Join us for anexciting evening of music and dancing to benefit a great cause. This event will be our greatest and most exciting to date, and we expect to have a tremendous turnout. Please publicize this event to all of your friends and family.

All proceeds of this event will benefit the Iranian Drought Relief Effortvia the United Nations (Technical Cooperation Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization). The Masquerade for Charity will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 7-12 p.m., at the Union League of Phi




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    When your friend sits too often with your enemy,

    You can't sit too often in his company.

    Beware the poison mixed up in the honey.

    Run from the harmless fly that sits on a snake.

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Success in Toronto

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Marziyeh Meshkini won joint second prize at the Toronto film festival for her "Ruzi keh zan shodam" (The day I became a woman). Also... >>> FULL TEXT

Film: Earliest documents

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- The earliest Iranian film industry documents have been put on display at the Golestan Museum in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT

Documentaries: A look back

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Documentary film making in Iran took off in the 1950's with Ebrahim Goleslan's "Golestan Film" company. Ebrahim Mokhtarzadeh explains >>> FULL TEXT

Sarekhani takes 7th in Olympic judo

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Court spokesman denies lawyers have been under pressure

Hossein Ali Amiri, head of Shiraz judiciary denies accusation by the defence lawyers of 10 Iranian Jews that they have been put under pressure to admit that their clients were spies. Daryoush Homai talks to Mr Amiri >>> LISTEN HERE

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